Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Art Show: Muppets are Fantasy, Right?

An Unexpected Party



By Justin Gerard. [Illustrateurs]

Riddles in the Dark



By Dan Hipp. [Hey, Oscar Wilde! It's Clobberin' Time!]

The Siege of Gondor



By Jerry Vanderstelt. [Illustrateurs]

Cave Seekers



By Mike Maihack.

Barbarian



By Clio Chiang.

Red Sonja


By Laurie Breitkreuz. [Brother Cal]

The City of Never



By Sidney Sime. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

The Muppet Avengers


By Caanan Grall.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mark Waid explains Captain Marvel



Popgun Chao$! has a great interview with Mark Waid about Captain Marvel. Specifically, what makes him attractive, what differentiates him from other superheroes, why he's such a difficult character to build a series around, and why he doesn't have to be. To no surprise, Waid absolutely nails it.

He's also inspired me to check out not only Chip Kidd's new Shazam! book, but also DC's Shazam! Archives.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Elsewhere... monsters were killed.

Kill All Monsters!: The Blog



Remember to bookmark the Kill All Monsters! blog if you like your giant robots and monsters. It's much more than updates about the webcomic. This week, for instance, I reviewed Skyline and linked to a couple of great, giant monster strips by David DeGrand and Katie Cook.

Blood Song



In this weeks What Are You Reading? column at Robot 6, I talked briefly about Eric Drooker's lovely and heart-breaking Blood Song.

Food or Comics?



If I only had $15 to spend on comics this week, it would go to Alpha Flight and Salimba, Paul Chadwick's comic about a pirate-fighting jungle girl. Hit that link to find out what I'd get with more money than that.

What Looks Good for January




This week's Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs was a look at the cool, new adventure comics coming out in January. Lots of space pulp and Sherlock Holmes, among other awesome things.

Quote of the Week: Cowboys and Aliens



You want to see the movie just to watch them outscowl each other.
--Paul Chadwick.

Friday, November 26, 2010

New Kill All Monsters! pages are up!



The next three pages are up at Review2AKill! Things get worse for the humans and we get a peek at a couple of the pilots. Check it out!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Art Show: Alacazam!

Zatanna



By Ian Churchill. [Out in Rows]



By Gene Gonzales.



By Oliver Wetter. [Pink of the Ink]

Talisman



By Samax Amen.

Harry and Hermi



By Tsulala. [Pink of the Ink]

Mary Marvel



By Todd Nauck. [Big Shiny Robot!]

Wonder Woman



By Aaron Lopresti. [iFanboy]

Thor Girl



By Adam Hughes. [Thanks to Jess Hickman for showing me this!]

Death



By Katie Cook. [You know, in naming this file it occurred to me that Death Cook would be an awesome name for a superhero.]

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Check out Old Sinner



I don't have a real post tonight. Instead I've finally updated my Christmas Carol blog. I still haven't hit on a workable, regular schedule for that, but I'm going to try occasionally skipping a day here to free up time for Dickens. It won't be every week or anything, so I hope that's okay.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

One of My Most Prized Possessions



I had some trouble with this item from Calvin's List. Hopefully this won't make me sound self-righteous, but I don't have a lot of possessions that I prize. I use my laptop all the time and would hate if anything happened to it, but that's more about the data than the device. I have lots of little knickknacks in my office that I like, but nothing that I'd run into a fire to save. Even the comics are replaceable.

The only thing I'd really miss if it was gone is our house. Mostly for the memories (David's spent his whole life there), but also because we've put some work into it and it's a pretty cool house.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Writing is Hard: Character Actors



John Rozum has a cool post on "casting" his characters in his head before he writes them. Referring specifically to Adam and Julia Kadmon from Midnight, Mass. he talks about how imagining a specific actor in the role can not only help communicate ideas to comic book artists, but can also help solidify the character in your head as you're writing:
When I got to thinking about Midnight, Mass. again shortly before it finally became a reality I had an epiphany of Julia being Famke Janssen which really brought together all of the loose threads and ideas I had for the series and definitely cemented the character of Julia for me.
I've done this a couple of times and it was very helpful. I need to do it more.

Elsewhere... I got dapper

Food or Comics



In this week's comics-on-a-budget column, I picked Hellboy: Double-Feature of Evil, Return of the Dapper Men, and The Littlest Pirate King, among others.

Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs



Image boosted from Kelly Sue's old Team in Training page.

I interviewed Kelly Sue DeConnick in the first of hopefully many profiles of my favorite comics storytellers.

Quotes of the Week: The Morning Paper



Image bogarted from i09.

I adore the idea of thoughtful newspaper readers at various genteel locations around the country getting the local softball tournament scores, seeing how much the next royal wedding will cost, checking the daily lottery numbers, taking in the latest episode of Pluggers, reading the minutes of the local school board meeting and learning all about tentacle porn.
--Tom Spurgeon

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dear Monsters...



Just a reminder that the Killing of All Monsters commences tomorrow.

Also, David was sick last night and I wasn't able to post this, but the second half of our interview with Ian Explosivo went up yesterday. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to discuss Taco Salad, but we did get to talk about why Jason and I decided to make Kill All Monsters! into a webcomic and how that format has affected the way we're telling the story.

Art Show: I don't want to go back to the man-village

Mowgli and Bagheera



By Clio Chiang.

Monkeys



By Courtney Breau. [Art Jumble]

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle



By Dave Stevens. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Jungle



By Pierre Alary.

Shanna the She-Devil



Preview pages from Mary HK Choi and Nuno Plati's story from Women of Marvel #2.

The Strange Prehistoric Beasts of Africa's Ancient Primeval Swamp-Land



By Dan Zolnerowich. [The Comic Book Catacombs]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pass the Comics: Junglebots Attack!

Princess Pantha tries to capture The Great M'Gana



Everyone's kind of a jerk in this story. Princess Pantha's a big game hunter trying to capture a giant gorilla for the circus and her boyfriend's a chauvinistic butthole. The most likable character is the villain, a scientist who also wants to capture the ape, but for study, not exhibition. The less said about the portrayal of the native, the better. [The Comic Book Catacombs]

Zago, Jungle Prince vs. The Iron Army



And, yes, by "Iron Army," they mean robots. Very cool. [The Comic Book Catacombs]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kill All Monsters! Interview



Speaking of Ian, he interviewed Jason and I for Review2aKill and the first half of the conversation was posted today. We talked about how Jason and I met and the origin of the comic. Tomorrow: I share my recipe for Taco Salad (or we talk more about giant monsters; you'll have to tune in to find out).

New Banners: Thanks, Ian!

I got a cool, unexpected email last night from Review2AKill's Ian Explosivo. He'd noticed that I've been playing with banners and rotating through some, so he made a few himself and wanted to see if I'd like to use them.

They're WAY cooler than any I've done. I mean just look at the font and that gun for the L in the one above. The other two are awesome too, but I'm going to rotate through these a bit more slowly than I've been doing. I want to look at each of them longer.

Thanks, Ian! 

[If anyone else wants to play with an Adventureblog banner and send it in, I'll be happy to run it too. I can't pay anything, but I'll be sure to mention you when I use it. The size should be 800 x 150.]

Art Show: Sunken Treasure

Pearl diving turns ugly...



By Jack Davis. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Namora


Custom statue by Mike Madrid. [Brother Cal]

Pass the Comics: Sea Monsters!

The Monster from the Deep



[The Horrors of It All]

The Half-Creatures of the Sargasso Sea



[The Horrors of It All]

Peril Haunts the Depths



[The Comic Book Catacombs]

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